Friday, February 17, 2012

Party Time!

This is one of my favorite pictures from the whole night.

The parents looking on as we started our first dance.

Bob and I danced to Ben Folds "The Luckiest".  He and I used to take dance lessons with another couple and so we called up our dance instructor and he came over for a private lesson right before the wedding so we knew exactly what style to use for our song.

Hamming it up, of course!
Dad and I chose to dance to a different kind of song.  I'm hoping to have the video of it up soon.
We danced to The Talking Heads "Road to Nowhere".  The song starts out slow and then gets nice and fast so we did a modified swing dance, since my dad has bad knees.  He made it through the dance but had to go to the doctors when he got home from our wedding because he destroyed his knees :(

For the longest time, Bob's mom claimed that when he was little he heard a song and told his mom that that's what they would dance to at his wedding.  For months she wouldn't tell him what the song was and he started to really stress out about it.  

As we were getting ready to cut the cake, our attendant asked us if we were going to smush it in each other's faces.  We told him that we decided against us and he shared with us his story from his own wedding.

Instead of smashing cake into his beloved's face, they nailed their maid of honor and best we took a page from their book.

Of course Heather's speech made me cry.  Isn't that their purpose?
And Todd's best man speech was funny but tasteful.

Because it was a beer themed wedding, Bob and I toasted using the 2011 Infinium, a champagney beer from Sam Adams.  Big thanks to our friend, writer and beer blogger, John Holl for the advanced bottle of Infinium.  What's that?  The 2011 hadn't been released yet for our wedding...yea, I know.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Get down with your bad self!

As I've mentioned, Bob and I had a beer themed wedding.  We knew that we wanted to incorporate hops into the boutonnieres and bouquets so we pitched the idea to our florist and she was certain she could get them.  Just in case, Bob made sure this year's crop of hops were growing nicely in our yard, in the event that we needed them.

Well, we needed them.  The week before our wedding Bob placed a call to our florist before cutting down the hops to use in his beer.  She completely forgot to call to tell us that she couldn't get them from her supplier for our wedding two days before our wedding, Bob cut them down, boxed them up, and I drove them out to Allentown to be used like we wanted.  It was neat to say that they were OUR hops fresh from our garden.
Bob brewed three different beers for our wedding: a stout, a honey-hibiscus wit, and his signature IPA.  Because they're so delicious, we knew we had to remind the guests to only take one bottle.  We brought extras but really wanted to keep it to one per guest (though I later found out my grandma took 3).

Putting the labels on the bottles was my job the day before the wedding...nothing like working until the last minute.
Keeping with the beer theme, we gave each table the name of one of our favorite microbreweries. 
 Each escort card had the matching bottle cap.
Just so there was no confusion, we mapped out the room for our guests with the corresponding bottle cap on their table.  This way you knew the general area of your table and could find your seat more easily.
We were originally going to make a coffee table book with write ups of our favorite beers/breweries but it became too much work.  One day when I was perusing the usual wedding blogs I saw a coupon for 50% off a thumbprint guestbook.  With this company, you send a picture of the two of you and choose your colors.  They use your photo to create a caricature.  We had the photo matted with the intent of signatures going there and thumbprints lining the you can see, that didn't happen.  This picture is currently hanging in our dining room.
I knew I wanted to make something to decorate our cake table and found a wooden cutout of a man and a woman and the I Do letters.  I made our characters like like us to the best of my ability, knowing how I would wear my hair and what color Bob's bow tie would be.
We wanted a simple design for our cake and knew we wanted fresh flowers on the top.  Our baker used a coppery ribbon to help tie the colors all together.  We went with a vanilla cake with mocha hazelnut ganache with little pieces of hazelnut in it and butter cream frosting.  It was so delicious and I'm looking forward to our anniversary to eat the top.